2006 Viva World Cup
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|Dates||20 November – 24 November|
|Teams||4 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Sápmi (1st title)|
|Goals scored||60 (7.5 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||All with 6:|
The Inaugural TournamentEdit
In April 2005, the NF-Board announced that Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had been chosen to host the inaugural VIVA World Cup, having successfully hosted a tournament to celebrate 50 years of the KTFF, the KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup, featuring fellow NF-Board member Sápmi and FIFA-unaffiliated Kosovo. The NF-Board hoped that sixteen teams would take part, drawn from across its membership.
In the Spring of 2005, a new government was elected in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, keen to foster relations with other nations. The NF-Board claimed that the government of Ferdi Sabit Soyer insisted on restricting which nations could and could not take part in order to head off potential political arguments. For their part, the KTFF claimed that the NF-Board made unreasonable financial demands.
The upshot of this was that the NF-Board decided to grant the hosting rights for the tournament to Occitania. In response, the KTFF announced that they would hold their own tournament, the ELF Cup, scheduled for the same time as the VIVA World Cup. Some NF-Board members have accepted invitations to take part in the ELF Cup.
Occitania announced that the tournament would still be held from 19–25 November 2006, with games played in and around Hyères les Palmiers, near Toulon. The number of entrants was downsized to eight, in anticipation of the ELF Cup - which agreed to pay expenses - drawing NF-Board members away from the VIVA World Cup. However, a lack of suitable competitors meant that the tournament was to include six teams: Monaco, the Roma, the Sápmi, Southern Cameroons, West Papua, and the hosts.
However, the failure of West Papua and Southern Cameroon to attend the NF-Board General Assembly in September 2006, and logistical problems facing the Roma, threw new doubt on the tournament, which looked as though it may go ahead with just three teams. Fortunately, Southern Cameroons were able to agree to send a team, and four teams - twelve fewer than initially hoped for - were set to contest the title.
There were yet more problems for the organisers when Southern Cameroons were unable to take part because of visa problems, resulting in walkovers in all their games.
By the end of the week, Sápmi had triumphed, scoring 42 goals in their three games, and lifting the first VIVA World Cup trophy.
For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 2006 VIVA World Cup squads.
The four teams played a round-robin group stage, with the top two playing off for the title.
|(Report)||Høgli 22, ?'
|Olsen 5', 17', 45', 50'
Nystrøm 12', 16', 23', 28'
Third place matchEdit
Høgli 7', 20', 40'
Lamøy 32', 39', 51', 55'
Råstad 38', 45' (pen.)
Bruer 59', 81'
Johansen 62', 65', 88'
Brekke 72' (pen.)
Nilssen 76', 78'
|2006 VIVA World Cup Winners|